The Source

Monday - Thursday from 3-4 p.m. on KSTX

The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk program that gives listeners in San Antonio the opportunity to call and connect with our in-studio guests and city-wide audience.

The Source seeks to give life, context and breadth to the events and issues affecting San Antonio by bringing newsmakers and experts to the public, and highlighting the people being affected by the news of the day.

Tune in to The Source for insightful discussion and analysis on topics that matter to residents of the Alamo City.

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Last week, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve its budget and with it a couple of controversial amendments that change how sex education information gets to students.

$3 million originally budgeted for AIDS and HIV prevention programs was shifted into abstinence education in an amendment filed by Rep.  Stuart Spitzer R-Kaufman.

Another amendment that passed Tuesday night banned sex education materials in public schools if they were made by an organization that provided abortions. 

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Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced he wanted $40 million more for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), so that they could institute reforms to Child Protective Services, a department that has been roundly criticized for years. The announcement came after the third death in three months of a child in the CPS system. 

What is the state of child welfare in the Texas? How are legislators looking to improve it?

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A new study to be published later this month in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives says that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbug," DNA is blowing in the wind and out of large cattle feedlots. According to the study's researchers this is the first time we have seen this DNA airborne.

The Source: What Might Vouchers Mean For Texas

Apr 1, 2015
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The latest effort to improve Texas education involves vouchers. Instead of being confined by zip codes, families could elect to send their children to private and specialty schools, and the dollars allocated to students follow them. 

While this plan would allow students to choose schools based on individual needs rather than their addresses, critics point out that vouchers may create more disparity.

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A $95 billion cut to the Army budget has San Antonio looking down the barrel of 5,900 lost jobs over the course of five years. The sequestration-linked reductions are over 25 percent of the of Army's active-duty force.

Tuesday afternoon, local leaders met with over 1200 community members in a town-hall like "listening session."

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce predicted the affected 6,000 people, and their 9,000 dependents had a $382 million annual impact on the local economy. 

What would this reduction mean for your family? What if anything can San Antonio do?

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